UPE News Update

February 8, 2018

What Your Child’s Backpack Does To Your Mental Health

- Chris Briggs-Hale

How many times have you been told “that note was sent home in your child’s backpack?” Seems like a cruel joke, doesn’t it? I mean, most adults would rather NOT look in their child’s backpack. Furthermore, as a parent myself, sometimes it really feels like an imposition to go into another person’s backpack (my child’s) to pull out a note that destined for ME. We all dream of some distant universe in which our child cheerfully empties their backpack each day and lays perfectly preserved notes on a highly visible spot on the kitchen counter for us to see. In reality, most children’s backpacks are a horror show of smashed food, lost lunch money, teacher notes from last year, Pokemon cards, a brown (used to be white) sock, someone’s toothbrush…

Sure, on the day it was purchased at Wal-Mart in August, that backpack looked great. It had a pink pony that glittered or Spiderman. During the first few weeks of school, it was fun to check it with your kid. Then, in October, the yogurt you sent to school blew up, the backpack sat on the playground for a week… in the sun…and your kid didn’t tell you about it until weeks later or until the car and the house mysteriously began to smell faintly like vomit. Sure, you hosed it out and, maybe used an entire bottle of Febreeze on it. But after that point, just the mere idea of peaking in began to haunt your subconscious. It gave you nightmares, maybe. You began to hate the backpack – to resent it. And who, at that school had the bright idea to turn that…sack of whatever…into a communication device for parents?

We know. Trust us – backpacks can be a hard way to teach a kid responsibility and the habit of transporting important things. But, I’ll argue, it’s a useful habit for the time when backpacks turn into briefcases, portfolios, or toolboxes.

By the way, I recently found a comb in my briefcase. Wonder how long THAT had been there?

What is the Learning Pit?

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Applications will be accepted starting Monday, February 12th. (No early applications!)

If you have a 3-4 year old you are interested in enrolling in preschool, we are giving our Ute Pass families a head start to enroll! We only have 15 spots available and we fill up quickly.

  • We will open registration to the general public on March 5th
  • Your child must be 3 or 4 by September 1st and must be potty trained.
  • You will need to fill out an enrollment application (please note if you’re interested in half day or full day (4 year olds) as well as provide a copy of your child’s birth certificate and immunization record. Incomplete packets will not be accepted!

We look forward to having your child join us in preschool! Please call, email, or visit with any questions or to learn more. 685-2227 / lgrieb@mssd14.org

Visit our website, open the attached application, or stop by the office for a registration packet.


News from Ute Pass Service Corps

The members of the Service Corps have been hard at work creating buttons and magnets that they will be selling on Tuesday’s during lunch. They will have a variety of items for sale. Each item costs .25 and all of the money that is made this school year will be donated to the new Children’s Hospital in Colorado Springs. Please consider sending your child to school with a few quarters so that Ute Pass Elementary can make a generous donation to an important cause.

Service Corps is also sponsoring a Food Drive starting on Valentine’s Day and continuing through February 28th. All food collected goes straight to our very own District Food Pantry, which includes weekly deliveries to the Church in the Wildwoods for our families that live in the Ute Pass Area. The winning class will receive a 3D printed trophy to display in their classroom and an extra recess.

Items most needed in the Food Pantry include:
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Meat
  • Fruit, cereal
  • powdered milk
  • snack type items such as granola bars and crackers

Box Tops for Education

Please remember to collect your Box Tops for Education and send in to your child's classroom! Our first collection this year earned the school over $200! Ask friends and relatives to sent you their Box Tops, let's double that number.

Help our Middle School!!! Drop off box located in our front hall.

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Ute Pass Elementary Activities

Monday, February 12, 2018

ARTS 14 Classes

Tuesday, February 13, 2018




ARTS 14 Classes


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentines Day

ARTS 14 Classes

Thursday, February 15, 2018


Story Writing & Book Making

Nature Detective

ARTS 14 Classes

Friday, February 16, 2018

1st, 2nd, 5th & 4th to Olympic Training Center 8-45am-10:45am

Rockin’ Robotics

Makers Club

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